Our Mission is to provide a steady and predictable revenue stream to help financially support Berkshire Humane Society.
Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is the only open-admission animal shelter in our community. Our shelter is a private non-profit and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization. BHS receives no public funds from local, state, or federal sources. The welfare of our companion animals and the future of our organization depend on the compassion and generosity of our community – you!
Since its beginning, BHS has sheltered more than 50,000 homeless animals. Our shelter is proud to place 100% of all adoptable dogs, cats, birds, and small mammals into loving, responsible homes. Every time you shop at Catwalk Boutique, you support this invaluable work.
What to support our work? Donate clothing! Learn more here.
A Brief History
Catwalk Boutique’s flagship store opened in Great Barrington in 2013. Co-founded by three animal-loving volunteers – Mimi Rosenblatt, Marsha Weiner, and Leslie Weil – the successful resale shop has blossomed into a thriving staple of South County’s fashion community.
Mimi, Marsha, and Leslie were instrumental to the success of Purradise, Berkshire Humane Society’s satellite feline boarding and adoption facility located just down the road at 301 Stockbridge Road. In an effort to provide additional fundraising for Purradise and the main shelter in Pittsfield, Mimi, Marsha, and Leslie dreamed up Catwalk Boutique. Their tireless devotion and passion for fashion has made this store a destination for shoppers visiting the Berkshires.
In 2019, Catwalk Boutique opened a second location at 26 Church Street in Lenox, bringing the same on-trend, in style, affordable fashion to our central and northern county supporters. As part of the opening, BHS and Catwalk Boutique rebranded the shop, unveiling a refreshed logo that is more aligned with the store’s mission – to help save homeless animals.
Catwalk Boutique is almost entirely run by dedicated volunteers. Their love, support, and endless energy imbues the shop with warmth, creativity, and community. (Many returning shoppers stop by just to say hello!) If you haven’t shopped with us yet, we can’t wait to meet you! And by the way…your pet called and said, “buy anything you want!”
About Our Store Manager
Amy Santella grew up in the Berkshires and has had a passion for fashion and cats since birth. Adoption has always been near and dear to her heart and something she wanted to be part of her work after graduating from Keene State College in 2015. She was adopted at birth, and in recent years has traveled to meet her birth family. With 4 cats adopted from BHS, she found the joy of keeping 3 siblings together to accompany her first cat. Amy’s first connection to Catwalk was donating her Grandmother’s high-end clothing after her passing to the Great Barrington Boutique.
About Our Co-Founders
Mimi Rosenblatt has been a passionate animal lover her entire life, caring for dogs, bunnies, ducks, turtles, tropical fish, hamsters, gerbils, lizards, and, of course, cats. After living in San Francisco and Austin, Mimi relocated to the Berkshires in 2004. She joined BHS in 2010 as an original member of the Purradise Advisory Board where she has utilized her public relations and fund-raising experience. Founding Catwalk Boutique has allowed Mimi to “marry” her love of fashion with her love of animals. Mimi lives in GB with her husband Mark Lefenfeld and their 2 rescue cats from Purradise.
Marsha Weiner, who hails from the Midwest, has lived in the Berkshires since 1996. Her passionate love of animals led to her to BHS where she has been actively involved for years. Marsha has been involved with Purradise since its inception in 2010. Founding Catwalk Boutique was a natural extension of Marsha’s ongoing dedication to homeless animals. She lives in Great Barrington with her husband, Dr. Ed Weiner, and their two rescued cats.
Leslie Weil has been a BHS board member since 2010 and currently serves as vice president. She relocated to the Berkshires from NYC to devote herself to all things animal-welfare related. In addition to all of her volunteer hours for BHS, Leslie works part-time at Chez Pet in Lenox. She has put her extensive background in interior design, sales, fashion and graphic design to use founding the original Catwalk Boutique. Leslie lives in Stockbridge with her husband Mark Lee and their two rescued cats.